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Mount St. Joe Principal Resigns Amid Alleged 'Inappropriate' Communications With Students

Barry Fitzpatrick was the principal at Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore.

UPDATED (1:55 p.m.)—The principal at a Baltimore City private high school has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate communications with students.

According to Mount St. Joseph's website, Barry Fitzpatrick has stepped down from his post at the West Baltimore all-boys school.

The following message, from Mount St. Joseph President George Andrews, was posted on the school's website Wednesday.

Yesterday afternoon, I accepted former Principal Barry Fitzpatrick’s resignation. Mount Saint Joseph High School requires our faculty and administrators to have only appropriate communications with our students. We recently discovered communications from Mr. Fitzpatrick that he acknowledged were inappropriate, and we accepted his resignation. As required by law, we have reported these communications to the proper authorities.

Assistant Principal David Norton, our Director of Studies, will serve as Acting Principal.

Our students mean everything to us. That was immediately clear to me the day I first arrived at the Mount in 1987. As such, we have the highest expectations for our faculty and administrators. And when these standards are not met, we have a responsibility to our boys and their families to take action.

A spokesperson for Mount St. Joseph confirmed the validity of the statement and said the school would have no further comment at this time.

Aside from serving as principal, Fitzpatrick also taught Latin at the school at the time of a Patch interview in September. He also previously served as a soccer coach at the school.

According to his profile on LinkedIn, Fitzpatrick had been principal at Mount St. Joseph since 1994, after serving as a counselor from 1986 to 1994. Prior to that, he was principal from 1980 to 1986 at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Wheaton.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Sanchez February 03, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Apparently Evets you prefer to play word games, "hundreds" v. "widespread". I want this issue exposed for the widespread issue it is and how it effects these young people for the rest of their lives, not whether "hundreds" or "widespread" are similar or different. I am NOT a journalist though in my experience these days journalists are not as credible. See Journo-list. See MSNBC altering 911 tapes in a emotional murder case. See NBC cutting "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance on the air. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq8tydBo5RI
Sanchez February 03, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Evets, I take no umbrage anywhere. I am happy that at least ONE person, an educator at that, has taken any interest in this at all. I for the life of me cannot understand why no one else has chimed in given that I am sure more educators have read this story on The Patch. I only hope you read more than peruse. As for swept under the rug, when we can read and listen about this the issue in respect to its number of convictions accusations and sentencing then I will say it is no longer swept under the rug. You can bet if priests were still being arrested at the same rate as teachers you would be reading and hearing about every singe arrest. AND the continued lawsuits. Even when a teacher is arrested for multiple molestations of students it gets mostly only local coverage. Serial molesters in my world are newsworthy nationally.
Sanchez February 03, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I would like to hear from politicians and educators what they think about this issue. I have laid out a case for action.
Sanchez February 05, 2013 at 03:19 AM
What happen Evets? Did your employers see you talking about the unmentionable and you had to remove your comments? That is quite odd.
Bob February 27, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I agree...I went to MSJ. He cold have been making an inappropriate comment about a kid's mom for all we know...or giving him dating advise. Lets see what it is.

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